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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 44%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 48%
Gary Ackerman 47%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Wayne Allard 40%
Thomas Allen 56%
Rob Andrews 71%
Bill Archer 35%
Richard Armey 24%
John Ashcroft 60%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 26%
Henry Scott Baesler 41%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 50%
Cass Ballenger 35%
James Barcia 35%
Bob Barr, Jr. 47%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 88%
Bill Barrett 24%
Roscoe Bartlett 38%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 32%
Charlie Bass 41%
Herbert Bateman 12%
Max Baucus 32%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 44%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 53%
Douglas Bereuter 12%
Howard Berman 44%
Marion Berry 44%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 36%
Brian Bilbray 53%
Michael Bilirakis 35%
Jeff Bingaman 40%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 32%
Rod Blagojevich 56%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 15%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 62%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 18%
Sherwood Boehlert 38%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 21%
Kit Bond 28%
Henry Bonilla 24%
David Edward Bonior 53%
Mary Bono Mack 21%
Robert Borski, Jr. 50%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 38%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 36%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 41%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 18%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 50%
John Breaux 28%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 44%
George Brown, Jr. 44%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 32%
Richard Bryan 48%
Ed Bryant 18%
Dale Bumpers 64%
Jim Bunning 18%
Conrad Burns 24%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 26%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 52%
Herbert Callahan 12%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 26%
Ben Campbell 24%
Thomas Campbell 74%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 26%
Chris Cannon 21%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 44%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 62%
Julia Carson 59%
Mike Castle 65%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 76%
John Chafee 32%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 29%
Jon Lynn Christensen 44%
William Clay, Sr. 44%
Eva Clayton 50%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 36%
Robert Clement 32%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 44%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 44%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 35%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 47%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 24%
Michael Collins 32%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 32%
Larry Combest 15%
Gary Condit 44%
Kent Conrad 40%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 53%
Merrill Cook 24%
John Cooksey 15%
Jerry Costello 62%
Paul Coverdell 24%
Christopher Cox 56%
William Coyne 56%
Larry Craig 32%
Robert Cramer 29%
Philip Crane 44%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 24%
Barbara Cubin 29%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 47%
Randall Cunningham 21%
Alfonse D'Amato 16%
Patsy Ann Danner 41%
Thomas Daschle 32%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 59%
James Davis 59%
Thomas Davis III 24%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 41%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 68%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 62%
Bill Delahunt 56%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
Thomas DeLay 15%
Peter Deutsch 62%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 24%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 21%
Jay Dickey 21%
Norm Dicks 44%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 26%
Julian Dixon 38%
Chris Dodd 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 74%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 20%
Calvin Dooley 47%
John Doolittle 18%
Byron Dorgan 40%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 44%
David Dreier 18%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 56%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 36%
Chet Edwards 47%
Vern Ehlers 41%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 32%
Jo Ann Emerson 24%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 50%
Philip English 38%
John Ensign 53%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 44%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 56%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Lane Evans 56%
Terry Everett 21%
Thomas Ewing 18%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 36%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 50%
Harris Fawell 32%
Victor Fazio 41%
Russ Feingold 84%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 48%
Bob Filner 56%
Mark Foley 29%
Michael Patrick Forbes 41%
Harold Ford, Jr. 35%
Wendell Ford 20%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 35%
Tillie Fowler 21%
Jon David Fox 41%
Barney Frank 59%
Robert Franks 48%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 35%
William Frist 24%
Jonas Frost III 26%
Elizabeth Furse 44%
Elton Gallegly 15%
John Ganske 38%
Sam Gejdenson 47%
George Gekas 24%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 50%
Jim Gibbons 32%
Wayne Gilchrest 21%
Paul Gillmor 24%
Benjamin Gilman 24%
John Glenn 32%
Henry Gonzalez 12%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 35%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 32%
William Goodling 32%
Bart Gordon 44%
Slade Gorton 24%
Porter Goss 47%
Daniel Graham 44%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
William Phillip Gramm 40%
Rodney Grams 48%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 12%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 29%
James Greenwood 38%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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